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Microsoft announces affordable Surface Go tablet

10 Juillet 2018

According to TechRadar's sources and a document partially posted to Reddit, Microsoft's budget Surface tablet could go on sale as soon as Friday 13 July. Its performance wasn't awesome, but it was good enough for most common productivity tasks. However, they can choose to upgrade to full Windows 10 Home for free. Microsoft says this makes it more functional than an Apple iPad, while still being more versatile and flexible than an Apple MacBook. The 10-inches display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and features 1800×1200 PixelSense display.

Based on my brief time with it, the Surface Go's Type Cover feels just as comfortable as its larger siblings.

Microsoft had developed a smaller Surface years ago.

For typing, you'll still need to buy a type cover separately. Microsoft could just be preparing retail stores and employees with information about the new 10-inch Surface device, as well as a new Type Cover. This means it'll be more than good enough for browsing the web, watching Netflix, and putting together a PowerPoint presentation.

At launch, there will be a $399 model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and a $549 configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Microsoft's latest Surface Go follows the design principles of the Surface lineup yet goes easy on the specifications to bring down prices. Microsoft has also added SD Card support for expansion which supports cards up to 1 TB. Microsoft has also stated that their intelligent charging can fully charge a Surface Go from 0-100% in 2 hours and provide up to 9 hours of video playback in a single charge. The USB-C 3.1 port can be used for charging as well as data transfer.

The Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter. It does have a headphone jack, though. Note that the system runs Windows 10 in S Mode out of the box, which promises speedier performance and better security. Microsoft has promised an LTE model will come later this year, though. Surface Go will support Dolby Audio Premium as well as the Surface Pen. Bloomberg reported in May that the company was planning low-cost Surface tablets to compete with Apple's iPad, and next we heard from WinFuture that the device might use Intel's lower-cost Pentium chips.

On Monday, the company teased the upcoming product with a tweet that said "Where will Surface go next?" Back in May, talk surfaced () of a new, low-priced entry, aimed at competing more directly with the iPad.

Microsoft announces affordable Surface Go tablet